Hello, there! I have a guest post on finding right shade of grey by Zoe Clark. Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.
Stylish, dramatic, soft, serene and fashionable – a new wave of popularity of the color grey has transformed previous associations we used to have with this color. Gloomy, serious outlook and moody, rainy days are still there, but are definitely not the one and only association anymore. However, it is still not so easy to get the right shade of grey and combine it with the rest of the interior. It takes planning and research in order to achieve simplicity and pick and mix right shades together. Here are some tips on how to do that.
The biggest challenge is probably choosing the right shade of grey paint for rooms facing north, south, east or west. The light, both natural and artificial, plays a very important part.
➢ North rooms are quite dark and therefore most difficult to decorate. It is not possible to fight with low light in these rooms, so better work with it and go for dark colors. The darker shades of grey feel warmer. Pick yellow based colors as these make warmer grey and can bounce light as much as possible.
➢ The rooms facing south are easier to decorate as the light is better and the color of the walls can be both warmer and cooler. The best option is to use pale tones of grey, if the room is already spacious and light.
➢ One of the most popular shades of grey is blue-green grey. This would be an excellent choice for the rooms facing east, as the light seems a bit blue in there.
➢ Light grey, neutral satin grey and silver grey work best for the west facing rooms. These light shades will enhance any source of light and make the room more spacious and airy.
When choosing the perfect shade of grey, it’s important to take into account the overall space. Grey is a neutral color, it can be combined with almost any other color, as long as you pay attention to a proper light-dark combination.
You can keep the walls of your living room warm using yellow undertones. If you prefer cooler hues, use pink and blue bases. Silver grey is perfectly paired with white if you need a room that is serene and calm. Greige (grey and beige combines) has become quite popular too; it’s a sophisticated and warm color, neutral but elegant. Apart from hues, think about versatile textures and patterns you can use. Include some interesting piece of art on the neutral wall, or use the wallpaper in some parts.
The current trend of grey promotes simplicity, clean lines and grey silver gloss. If it’s simple, it doesn’t mean that it’s boring. On the contrary, white details, for instance, make the atmosphere of the room light and serene. Furthermore, adding some softer furnishings, throws and cushions, warms up the atmosphere and makes it cozier. Cushions of different colors are an excellent match for the grey walls. It seems like a small change in the interior, but it can lead to a complete change in the atmosphere – from cooler to warmer and vice versa, depending on your mood.
Making changes is actually quite easy and not at all time consuming. Even better if you are a DIY person. You can pick and choose among the diversity of great cheap fabric and make your own pillowcases or throws for covering the sofa and armchairs or, why not – the bed in your bedroom. These small changes actually have the biggest effect on the shades of grey on the walls.
If you consider redecorating a smaller space, such as bathroom, kitchen or smaller rooms, use a variety of greys – for the floor, walls and different accessories. It makes the rooms feel spacious and more stylish.
No matter which of the above mentioned option you choose, remember that grey has a mesmerizing and meditative power which brings serenity and peace. There’s no better option for one’s home than this.